hellion

noun

hel·​lion ˈhel-yən How to pronounce hellion (audio)
: a troublesome or mischievous person

Examples of hellion in a Sentence

My children can act like little hellions when they're bored. the little hellions were tearing through the house squirting their water pistols
Recent Examples on the Web Because this was opening night of the Eras concert film, and nothing could have stopped the rowdy hellions in this crowd from singing, screaming, sobbing. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2023 These can be pushed past: Keough, certainly, evolves her performance enough when switching from one timeline to the other — toggling from music-world hellion to elder stateswoman of rock — to bring the viewer along. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 1 Mar. 2023 Aside from Kiri, the most interesting of the children is Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), the second-oldest son who is both kind of a hellion and desperate for his father’s approval. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 Dec. 2022 While a talented man, a hellion in his youth, and a shrewd negotiator, perhaps Herb’s greatest contribution was in golf. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 29 Sep. 2022 After a long walk in the woods, Honda’s luxury brand has returned to its sporty roots and brought back its famed entry-level hellion for the compact luxury segment. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2022 From luxury sedan to hellion at the touch of a button, rear-drive mode, 10.8-second quarter. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 20 Oct. 2021 Indeed, the Type S bears no similarity to the Civic Type R, Honda’s halo hellion. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 9 Oct. 2021 Honda is expert at putting torque to the road in front-wheel-drive cars (see the 292-horse Civic Type R hellion), and Accord’s no different. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 31 July 2021

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Word History

Etymology

probably alteration (influenced by hell) of hallion scamp

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hellion was in 1787

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Cite this Entry

“Hellion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellion. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hellion

noun
hel·​lion ˈhel-yən How to pronounce hellion (audio)
: a troublesome or mischievous person
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